SF Programme
Creating space for ideas and action on climate justice
SF Programme

Sustainable Futures is developing imaginative visions for social, environmental and economic wellbeing. Bringing together knowledge from young people, artists, business leaders and policy makers to deliver positive change.

The programme is run by the environmental charity Sustainability First. It focuses on how we can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that's fair, innovative, and positive for the environment, including in the lead up to the international UN climate change conference COP 26 taking place in Glasgow, in November 2021.


Together for a Fair Climate Future

A series of discussion events on how action for the climate crisis and social justice can come together as we recover from the pandemic. We will hear from activists, artists, filmmakers, academics, policymakers, utility companies,  community organisers and others.


Sustainability First Art & Writing Prizes 2021

We're delighted to announce the launch of our 2021 Art and Writing Prizes. This year's theme, 'Together for a Fair Climate Future', brings together the climate crisis, fairness in society, and how we work together to achieve a more sustainable future. 

The winning artist and writer will each receive £1,000 and will be featured as part of a virtual book ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in the UK.



Educational Outreach Programme

Children and young people will inherit a changing world due to the climate crisis and it is our responsibility to support them to develop knowledge, creativity and skills to take climate action.

That’s why we’ve developed a pilot series of schools workshops on sustainability and climate action that combine lessons and tasks on art, science, geography, literacy and social justice.


Reconnecting Exhibition

Bermondsey Project Space
1 - 10 July, 2021
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm

An exhibition about making connections to each other and nature during the Covid-19 pandemic. Featuring artworks by Hugo Lami, artist in residence at UK Power Networks, who has been using waste pipes and wires to explore relationships between nature and technology, and shortlisted works from the Sustainability First Art Prize.



“The Arts have an incredible role to play in the imagination, anticipation and projection of new futures. We are facing a crisis that demands systemic change. We need scenarios of living and behaving that we simply don’t have yet.”

— Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts

Sustainability First Art & Essay Prizes 2020

For the 2020 Art and Essay prizes, we invited original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question: ‘How do we build from the corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’ We received over 1,200 entries to the competitions from students, early stage researchers and artists. We hosted a live event on YouTube and released a virtual book to share insights and recommendations from entrants, our distinguished judging panels, academics and business leaders.


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